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New Technology At Weigh Station Keeps You Safe on the Road

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Construction is scheduled for southbound I-85 near GSP International. Construction is scheduled for southbound I-85 near GSP International.

The Upstate now has state of the art technology in Anderson County to monitor tractor trailers and keep you safer on the roads.

The weigh station has been closed to the public since February 2013.

A weigh station in Townville, SC near the South Carolina/Georgia boarder reopened Friday with a sensor that will detect if a truck needs to stop at a weigh station.

Some drivers said driving near 18 wheelers can be scary. 

"I can see them go side to side a lot of times and it makes you leery of it," said Leslie Williams.

The technology will be able to track the vehicle information and see if the truck or company that owns it has violated the state and federal standards in the past.

There is a sensor about a mile before the weigh station, according to the SC Department of Public Safety, and a sign that will tell you if the vehicle needs to stop at the weigh station coming up.

The sensor measures the trucks height, weight and length. Officials said it will keep truck who are violating the law by being too heavy, off the road and improvements mean the state will spend less in road repairs.

If an 18-wheeler is in compliance is may drive through the weigh station stop. The sign will display a green message about the roadway.

“ That's a plus because you have to go through weigh stations anyway so having that setup isn't a bad thing With all of the new laws you have coming out now, freight has to move and you have to get there,” said driver Chris Coleman.

Coleman said people complain about trucks ruining the roads but this station should keep overly heavy trucks off.

"I pay $500 in road taxes a year so people should be happy because we're paying to fix the roads.

A vehicle that does not meet the standards will have to be processed through the weigh station subsystems, which include aSecondary Ramp Weigh-In-Motion and Static Scale systems according to the DPS. 

The weigh station with this technology is the second of its kind within the DPS and in the Southeast. The other is located on I-95 in Dorchester County.

The DPS said more than 25,000 trucks pass through the I-85 corridor each week.

The State Department of Public Safety says 10% of fatal collisions in the state involved commercial motor vehicles.

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